We The Wild – Trampoline (LVLF Remix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Trampoline

We’re almost through one hell of a week in music, and it looks like today isn’t going to provide any breaks. For that, we couldn’t be more grateful. Premiering here on TMN this morning, “Trampoline,” the alt-pop tune from UK based We The Wild has a whole new look, and it’s pretty damn catchy.

Ant West and Casey Roarty have one of those tales we see over and over in the music industry. Starting at the young age of 15, these two kicked off their musical endeavor at the age of 15, much like the indie rock giants Two Door Cinema Club. It wouldn’t be until 2013 that they began writing what we know as We the Wild, which launched with a self-written and produced EP, Vol 1. Following some tremendous success, we’re now on the brink of Vol II, which is due out July 28th.

“Trampoline,” has a somewhat laid-back vibe, instrumentally, which is paired up with an undeniable lyrical intensity. With calming breaks filled with unique percussion, the choruses are left to shine, leaving a lasting imprint in the listener’s mind.

Taking this tune in a whole new direction, while still maintaining it’s robust character is no easy feat, yet London/Los Angeles-based four-piece LOVELIFE (LVLF for short) have done just that. Adding in a melodic synth progression and some repetitious piano chords, “Trampoline” is bounced into a whole new world. While it takes on a stronger indie-pop personality, the utilization the original vocal stems and vocal percussion leaves an indisputable connection to the original.

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[Pop] VÉRITÉ – Strange Enough

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It’s not everyday you hear a voice that can be described as hauntingly beautiful. But VÉRITÉ has that very voice that makes your heart stop for a minute and really engulf all of her lyrics. Her latest song, ‘Strange Enough’, is a powerful mix of her strong voice with an almost electronic melody that powerfully tells the story of a girl who strangely enough does not want the guy like he would want. While the song has a very pop like feel, VÉRITÉ adds just a tad of electronic sounds to give this song just a bit more punch. Her voice is seductive and we are finding ourselves seduced by this song.

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Ruu Campbell – Crossroads [TMN PREMIERE]

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Crossroads(Heartsong)*Ruu Campbell

Ruu Campbell has a cinematic quality about his music, which can most likely be attributed to a long and storied career comprised of years of genre-jumping. From a major label deal with Dreamworks at 15, to work with Leftfield, to dabbling in EDM for a short bit with trance outfit Younger Brother, to collaborations with British jazz and electronic collective the Cinematic Orchestra, each experience along this epic path has helped mold this intriguing musician. The pinnacle of the lengthy musical adventure: Heartsong, his debut LP, which will release in August of this year.

Captivation awaits. Seemingly coming straight out of a classic US Western film, “Crossroads” walks along a dusty road, carried by finger-picking, the loud hum of a standing bass, and Campbell’s understated and absolutely radiant vocals.  Pressing play on the track above will not only take you into a film-quality soundscape worthy of a classic Clint Eastwood tip of the cowboy hat, but it will also completely consume you, if only for two minutes and fifty seconds.

I want to share beauty with you as a listener, and I’m so happy that I can do it.
- Campbell

Calling on comparisons of other brilliant songwriters who boast the same ability to encapsulate you in a listening experience (think Nick Drake, James Vincent McMorrow, and Ry X), this seasoned musician is bringing more than enough to catch the blogosphere’s attention with this album. We know the world will be shortly behind, admiring the incredible breadth of talent that is Ruu Campbell.

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[Alternative] Adult Jazz – Spook

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Spook

August is going to be a good month for music. As we’re sure it will be rife with the normal amount of notable releases, there’s one in particular we’re looking forward to. Coming via the UK, Gist Is, the debut full length album (out Aug 5th) from Adult Jazz, will surely dazzle music lovers around the world.

Like a bunch of giddy school kids who just found out they’ll soon be touring Disneyland, we’re admittedly experiencing overwhelming excitement after listening to the breathtaking piece that is “Spook.” Describing this song is no easy feat. It’s not your traditional pop song, stacked heavily in favor of it’s catchy hooks. This is a tune that takes a while to sink in.

Taking it’s time, “Spook” casually builds up, focusing highly on an odd, yet inviting vocal arrangement from the lead singer. Joined together by some fluttering piano notes and low, brooding strings, the listener is pleasantly lost, not knowing what to expect. As time goes by, we’re welcomed into a bevy of instrumentation, articulately calculating a well-dressed and impressive song.

While one expect this to be a culminating swirl of cinematic-structured rock goodness, you’d be wrong. As we stated before, the structure is anything but traditional, which can be found in multiple places, but most notably at the 4:30 mark of this nearly ten minute song.

Transcending across every musical norm that we’re used to, Adult Jazz casually and effectively embraces anti-pop, heady approach, giving the music world a breath of fresh air.

One thing is for certain: we simply cannot fucking wait for this album. Pardon our french, but the music nerd in us is currently hyperventilating.

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[Gorgeous] Nick Hakim – The Light

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The Light

It seems like ages ago that we were writing up Nick Hakim’s stunning tune, “Cold”. In all reality, it was just last month, but in internet time, that seems like an eternity ago.

This DC-based indie soul artist flaunts effortlessly between genres, infusing classic vocal interpretations with jazz piano work and future soul style atmospheric elemental layering. In “The Light,” we’re given a glimpse into a delightfully seductive ballad, which lightly drifts though understated vocals coupled with light percussion work and engaging piano chords.

Coming off his newly released EP, Where Will We Go Pt. 1, this is the type of song that’s perfect for a lonely night at home, or a special night with that special someone. We’ll leave it up to you to decide when you choose to enjoy it.

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[Fresh] Brika – Expectations

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Expectations

Sometimes days at the dojo can be a little time consuming. Constantly caught up with our day to day activities of ninja star practice, slinking around in the prone position, and learning the perfect way to extract precious artifacts from other clan’s dojos, we sometimes miss out on something special. While we as ninjas are proud, we’re also humble. We missed the boat on this one, and for that, we apologize.

Coming out of Miami, FL Brika carries a swagger that is undeniable. Signed to Art House Records, she encourages you to sell your clothes and keep your thoughts, which is a mindset that we’re can’t admire enough, especially given the current state of pop culture.

“Expectations,” is an alt-soul tune, simplistic yet powerful in nature. With only a future-bass style backdrop, comprised of a booming bassline, a dark melody, and Brika’s god-given talents, we’re left speechless.

While we’re sad we haven’t been enjoying this for the full two months it’s been out, we’re sure as hell glad we finally stumbled across it.

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[Indie Pop] Bastille – Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

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Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

Gotta love new music Tuesdays, right? Earlier this afternoon, Brooklyn’s alt-electronic trio Little Daylight dropped their debut album Hello Memory via Capitol Records. To commemorate this day and the announcement of their US tour dates (featured below), the group has released this stunning indie pop remix of one of our all-time favorite artists, Bastille.

Boasting a dancy percussion mix and a some echoing guitar riffs, this band proves why their high-octane show has toured with the likes of Bastille, Charli XCX, The Neighborhood and more. Including some festie performances, their highly charming sound has impressed the blogosphere, and will continue to do so with this energetic remix.

7/15/14 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Record Release Party) ** SOLD OUT **
8/7/14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
8/8/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
8/9/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn *
8/11/14 Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
8/12/14 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q *
8/13/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
8/15/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
8/16/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed *
8/18/14 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
8/19/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
8/20/14 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour *
9/15/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
9/16/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/17/14 Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University
9/19/14 Washington, DC @ DC9
9/20/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
9/23/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater #
9/25/14 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
9/26/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
9/27/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/3/14 Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival

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